This morning I was up dark and early to attend a non-profit community breakfast for our local chapter of Drinking Liberally, at the behest of one of my readers. It was held at some posh digs that are usually outside my sphere of reference in the lovely waaay-south side of the city. As I cruised down the vacant freeway in the early morning darkness, I reveled in my favorite bootleg maybe ever — some fantastic live U2 from (arguably) my favorite U2 era: Achtung Baby. Attention:
These are some 1992-era live performances of songs from the alternate “Outside Broadcast” bootleg. According to this page:
Released to promote the Achtung Baby album and the Zoo TV tour this promo for radio was produced by B.P. Fallon in 1992. B.P. was the opening DJ for the Zoo TV tour in the US. Two versions of this CD were said to have been produced, the version that made up this promo disc, and an alternate version which was not released, featuring additonal live material and less studio material. A bootleg of that second version has appeared in trading circles under the name “Outside Broadcast”.
This version of “Trying To Throw Your Arms Around The World” is one of the best things I’ve ever heard (SUCH A TERRIFICALLY SEXY SONG, made even more so with the resonant shining guitar notes here). This whole thing is excellent.
U2 “OUTSIDE BROADCAST” BOOT
Until The End Of The World (live)
Even Better Than The Real Thing (live)
Mysterious Ways (live)
The Fly (live)
Tryin To Throw Your Arms Around The World (live)
Satellite of Love (Lou Reed cover) (live)
Bullet The Blue Sky (live)
Where The Streets Have No Name (live)
Running To Stand Still (live)
Can’t Help Falling In Love (“Elvis” cover) (live)
GO AHEAD: UNZIP U2 OUTSIDE